I was born in 1989, I live in Shelby, Ohio, and I am a kindergarten teacher at Galion Primary School. I graduated from Shelby High School in 2008 and from Ashland University in 2013. I received two teaching licenses: Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3), and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Pre-K-3). I’ve participated in cheerleading, track, dance, softball, FFA, and have coached various cheerleading squads. I love spending time doing anything outdoors like camping, fishing, hunting, or shooting 3d, and spending time with my friends and family. My boyfriend Josh and I are very active in the IBO and with competitive 3D archery, and are trustees at our local Archery Club, Handlebar Ranch, in Mount Gilead, Ohio.
How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:
I began by talking with my Grandpa Moore about all of his hunting and clay shooting experiences. When I was 17, I asked for a shotgun for Christmas so I could go out and shoot clays with him. I was granted my wish and given a single shot 20 gauge which began my love and passion for the outdoors and shooting sports. I started by shooting clays, and then buying my own Remington 870 to start gun hunting in the fall of 2010. I gun hunted whitetail for 2 years during gun season before I decided I wanted to try out shooting a bow to have a longer season to spend in the stand. I’ll never forget my beginning experiences with my Grandpa and my Uncle as they taught me different strategies and tips for in the field. The memories I made with them I truly cherish and will always remember.
Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:
I truly enjoy introducing shooting and hunting to any women, beginners, and especially children. I know the feeling I get and the gratification of shooting a bow and participating in any other kinds of outdoor sports, and I could only hope to imagine that every one gets to have that experience at least once in their lifetime. I’m somewhat more outgoing, and I know that not all women would feel comfortable just walking into an archery shop like I did and saying that they have no idea what they’re doing but want to shoot a bow. It can be intimidating at first, and the industry in general is intimidating. If I can help encourage and break down the barrier of intimidation by being a woman and introducing them to the sport myself then I feel that I’m doing a wonderful thing for the industry. I know that there are some people who are uneducated about outdoor sports and hunting, and to help explain the truths and reality of participating in these activities sheds more of a positive light rather than the negative one some have against outdoor sports and hunting. Even to just encourage women, children, or beginners to tag along and watch while hunting or participating in outdoor sports opens a whole new world of outlets and more than likely an interest in some very valuable experiences.
Any other outdoor/shooting activities
Outdoor 3D archery, fishing, shooting clays, camping, shooting indoor 3D and 5-spot leagues. Anything at all that involves friends, family, good people, and a good time!
How many years have you been shooting a bow? I’ve been shooting a bow for a little over four years, since the summer of 2010.
Who introduced you to a bow? I actually introduced myself! I was going in to our local hunting shop to buy some shells to go shoot clays with a friend, and decided to walk back to the archery department because I wanted to challenge myself with a new hobby, and ever since I laid my hands on my first bow, I was HOOKED! I’ve had 4 bows since then, starting with a Parker Sidekick, a Hoyt Rampage XT Vicxen, a Hoyt Carbon Matrix Vicxen, and now an Elite Spirit.
How many years have you been shooting a firearm? I’ve been shooting a firearm for about eight years, since the winter of 2006.
Who introduced you to a firearm? I knew that my Grandpa Moore had always went hunting and was big into the outdoor sports, so I decided to follow in his footsteps and ask him to share his stories and expertise!